School of Sport and Health Sciences

group shot of the cohort holding their gloved fists up

Trainee PE teachers introduced to non-contact boxing

Secondary Physical Education PGCE and School Direct trainee teachers began their course with an introduction to non-contact boxing and how to implement it into the secondary school physical education curriculum. The workshop was led by former University of Brighton Sport Science graduate Adam Haniver.

Non-contact boxing is a very effective means of developing personal fitness and core skills of agility and co-ordination. Combat activities such as non-contact boxing provides individual opportunities to perform movement phases both in attack and defence such as stance, guard, footwork and maintaining balance whilst moving in all directions.

Course leader Dr Gary Stidder said: “In line with the purpose of study in the National Curriculum for PE non-contact boxing and other combat activities and martial arts provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. It helps to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

“It can also address the subject content in the National Curriculum by enabling pupils to develop their technique and improve their performance in other physical activities and help pupils to analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.”

See the students in action in this short film made by student James Finn:

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Kerry Burnett • 13/09/2023

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